So after being limited to just 10 points against the Seahawks last week, the Eagles returned to their former high-scoring antics, beating the Rams 43-35. And they scored their final points to win the game after losing their QB to a torn ACL. But the Rams got some help to maintain their slight lead in the NFC West.
That help came courtesy of the Jaguars, who were able to hold on to their win over the Seahawks, despite some fourth-quarter 153.8 performance antics from Russell Wilson, who seemingly could not throw a pass without scoring a touchdown.
The Seahawks and Jaguars were chippy throughout the game, but things went off the rails at the very end. Some players will be fined, and we’ll likely see one or more Seahawks players suspended for their next game against the Rams.
A game that will likely decide the NFC West.
Just imagine: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth discussing the end of both games of the previous week, especially the ugliness of the Seahawks game, and predicting how position battles will go with one or more players absent due to suspension. Then there is also the pre-game show with one of the dirtiest players in NFL history talking about the Seahawks ugliness.
Seahawks vs Rams is not just the play-off ramifications, it’s media fodder for the soul. Juicy talking points, heavy criticism…you can’t buy this kind of entertainment!
But the NFL decided not to flex out Cowboys vs Raiders, two teams that only have a whisper and a prayer of even getting Wild Card invitations. Fools.
The NFL introduced flex scheduling 11 years ago. The entire reason for the existence of flex scheduling was to ensure quality matchups on Sunday Night Football: the league would replace an originally scheduled SNF game that has little significance or interest with a game that has huge significance or interest, such as a game with playoff implications. Flex is also specifically designed to allow a surprise team to play their way onto primetime television.
A patented Surprise Team of 2017 is the
St. Louis Los Angeles Rams: first-year head coach; second-year quarterback who had an awful rookie season; second-year in L.A., in which they cannot fill more than half their stadium. Is there any wonder that the only primetime game they got this season was behind the walled garden of NFL Network? The NFL scheduling gods obviously thought they would stink again. But here they are at 9-3 and in command of the NFC West.
In South Alaska, we have the Seattle Seahawks: lost Sherman; lost Avril; lost Chancellor; dumped Freeney (WTF was up with that, Schneider?). But they held the highest-scoring offense of the Eagles to 10 points in Week 13, they’re now sitting at 8-4, and challenging the Rams for the NFC West title. Plus they have a magicman quarterback who has been directly responsible for over 90% of their offense, and is now considered a front-runner for this year’s MVP Award.
If the Rams lose to the Eagles next week and the Seahawks beat the Jaguars, their Week 15 matchup will decide the NFC West.
This Week 15 contest is a complete and exact example of the type of game that is to be flexed onto primetime.
But wait…the teams originally scheduled for SNF in Week 15 are the Cowboys and the Raiders? Both teams are currently sitting at 6-6? Neither team is currently projected any higher than 9th seed? Now THAT’S compelling football! I can’t wait to see what draft positions each team earns from this game! No flex!
So you may be asking yourself: why did the NFL break their own rules on flex scheduling? It’s the same reason why criminals rob banks: money. People all across America will tune in just because they like to watch America’s Team lose…that’s some serious advertising dollars, ya know.